June 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A special session of the Court of Appeal will take place on June 23 to celebrate retiring Justice Joseph Z. Daigle, a former chief justice of the Court of Queen's Bench, and a former chief justice for the Province of New Brunswick.
"Justice Daigle served our province well through his work as a litigator, as a judge, as a member of the legislative assembly and as chief justice," said Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister T.J. Burke. "I thank Justice Daigle for presiding over our courts for many years with the interests of New Brunswickers at heart, and I wish him the very best on his retirement."
Daigle was called to the bar in 1960 after pursuing his education in the practice of law at the University of New Brunswick and l'Université de Paris. For two decades he practiced law with an emphasis on criminal defence work and general civil litigation. He served as a provincial court judge from 1967 until 1974, the year he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly of New Brunswick. In 1975, he was named to Queen's Counsel.
Daigle served as leader of the Opposition from 1978 to 1981. A year later, he was appointed judge of the Court of Queen's Bench in New Brunswick, and was chief justice of the same court in 1994. He served as chief justice for New Brunswick from 1998 until 2003, when he elected supernumerary status.
"I am honoured to follow in former Chief Justice Daigle's footsteps, and am committed to expand upon the measures he initiated, with a view to modernizing the procedures and work product of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick," said J. Ernest Drapeau, chief justice of New Brunswick.
The special session of the Court of Appeal will take place Tuesday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in Courtroom Number 6 of the Justice Building in Fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elaine Bell, Justice and Consumer Affairs, 506-453-6543; Michael Bray, Registrar's Office, 506-453-2452.